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British Baby Names: New sibsets

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It’s another morning with British baby names in the London Telegraph here, and this time I thought I’d focus on charming sibsets from the recent birth announcements.

I always love the slightly off-kilter (from the American perspective) British baby names plus the eccentric string of middle names. But including the names of brothers and sisters adds an extra dimension of style interest.

Counting first children not mentioned here too, trend watchers will want to note the names Elodie, Emilia, Florence, Isla, and Jemima for girls, and Barnaby, Frederick, Hugo, Montgomery, and Willoughby for boys. Also, diminutives such as Jack and Annie as not only full first names but middle names.

Recent British baby names and their siblings include:

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Alannah Anthea, a sister for Eloise

Alice Milly Elsa, a sister for Edward

Annabel Clementine May, a sister for Henrietta

Aurelia Mary Susan, a sister to Beatrice

Christabel Maris Tessa Crossley, a sister for John

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Is this a name game or a baby-naming advice blog?

No matter.  The idea is that some people want to choose sibling names that all start with the same letter, and there really (really!) isn’t anything wrong with that.  It can give your family a nice cohesive feel and, as long as the names aren’t too matchy-matchy or you don’t have 20 kids (I’m looking at you, Duggars), provide a simple theme that unifies your children’s names.

So what are some good sibling names for each letter of the alphabet?  Berries, I can hear you flexing your typing fingers to let us know your picks, and I hope you will.

Some ideas of our own, with two girls’ names and two boys’ for each letter that we could imagine co-existing in the same family, in any combination.

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Name Themes: Pro or con?

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Question of the Week

Thanks to all you berries who submitted QOW ideas last week—there are definitely some goodies that we will be using!  (And a special nod of thanks to anniebee, who came up with several excellent ones.)

We’ll begin with one inspired by longtime Nameberry loyalist Lola, about name themes:

Did you theme your kids names—by first letter, meaning, style?

If so, would you do it again or do you regret establishing a pattern?

If there’s a theme with your first two kids, are you committed to following it with a third?

There are both blatantly obvious and more subtle motifs–what’s your feeling about the practice in general?

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One of the most interesting blog posts we’ve done – interesting from a research standpoint, I mean — was on individual names with the same meaning for twins.

So today I decided to spin that idea a bit differently and look for compatible names with contrasting meanings, for twins or for siblings.

I tried to come up with pairs in a range of styles.  This is an exercise with near limitless potential, of course, so if any of you are inclined to search nameberry by meaning for other pairs that fit the bill, we’d love to hear your ideas.

Here, the opposing meanings and names that go with them (and each other):

Beautiful & Brilliant

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A Creative Approach to Sibling Names

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British baby names seem especially fascinating to our American sensibilities, familiar and exotic at the same time. Once every handful of months, I allow myself a visit to the Birth Announcements in the London Telegraph, the way one might ration such indulgences as a banana split or a day in bed with a good book. And each time I report back to the devoted berries, I try to take a different view of the Telegraph’s baby name offerings.

This time, the focus is sibsets: Groups of distinctly British and delightfully quirky names. While I hate to leave such delicious choices as Constanza Una Honoria or Reuben Clarence William behind — and look there!, I didn’t have to! — there’s something new to be gained by seeing these choices with their brother and sister names.

British baby names and sibsets from the most recent Telegraph viewing:

girls

AGATHA ROSE, a sister for Scarlett and Tilly

ARAMINTA (MINTY) ISOBEL ROSE, sister for Mungo

BRIDIE ANNE, sister for Joseph

CELESTE JOHANNA, sister for Carter

COCO HEATHER KATE, sister for Willem and Xen

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